Potential and Opportunities of Non-Timber Forest Products for Rural Livelihood Generation in Nowshera Forest Division, Rajouri District


Authors : Rakesh Verma; Neelima Shah

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7677112

The Non timber forest produce (NTFPs) are the source of livelihood for the forest fringe communities since centuries. It is evident that these NTFPs are associated with these communities in culturally, religiously and socioeconomic manner. Although these forest fringe communities have vast traditional knowledge of its collection, usage and processing but in spite of that NTFPs are marketed in raw unprocessed manner with meagre economic gain to these communities. Further deforestation, change in land use pattern, its depletion and exploitation has arises the concern for the NTFPs based livelihood. The proper Scientific knowledge of its collection time, its uses, processing and storage with some value addition has tremendous scope in increasing the market price of the NTFPs. Hence, this paper focus on the study of all the NTFPs found in the study area, its scientific knowledge of collection, uses and storage as well as the scope of its value addition to enhance its market value. This not only creates the sense and extent of livelihood opportunities to the forest fringe communities of the study area but it will also support the ecological conservation of the NTFPs in that area.

Keywords : Livelihood Generation, Wild Forest Fruits, Wild Fruit Value Addition, NTFPS, Rural Household Economy, Processing, Marketing

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